This week, dairy farmer Alan Burton from Minehill is curating the Irish Farmers twitter page (@IrelandsFarmers from Feb 25th to March 3rd), where a different farmer curates every week. He is adding lots with lots of photos, videos, and stories of daily life on a dairy farm. Check it out!
Cattle out and grazing happily in Aubane on 6th January 2019. A sign of the dry and mild weather we’ve been having for the last fortnight. The forecast for the next ten days at least is for more of the same 🙂 ⛅ ⛅ ⛅ ⛅
Hi all, it’s that time of year again and we must all turn our minds to the festive season. The festive season of course wouldn’t be the same without a delicious turkey for the dinner table on Christmas day! I rear traditional bronze turkeys in the Millstreet area. 100% Irish, oven ready for the big day you can have the option to also have them boned and rolled to make your day that bit easier! For more information or to place an order please contact me Sean on 085 7847879. I’d be delighted to hear from you!
Coffee Morning in Kilcorney Social Centre on Sunday, 11 November,
straight after mass. Raising much needed funds for DAWG Cork, a rescue
that takes abandoned and injured dogs into their care, fosters and
rehomes them. I am a volunteer with DAWG and would like to help in this
small way to make a difference. Would be great to see you there and
enjoy coffee, cake and a chat! Christine Eichbaum, Donoure, Kilcorney
Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., was on hand recently to launch the 36th National Dairy Show which takes place on Saturday October 20th in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.
The Show was first held back in 1982 and since then has steadily grown into Ireland’s premier indoor agricultural event. The word indoor was of huge significance to the Show when in 2017 storm Ophelia failed to upstage the holding of the annual event, and recent events at the National Ploughing Championships, when Storm Ali caused a major disruption, certainly brought home to us the true value and comfort of the Green Glens complex where the Show has been domiciled since its inception.
A collection of some beautiful and gentle reminders that spring 2018 is here and that it’s taking a firmer hold with every passing day. The video is a simple prayer giving thanks for all these beautiful spring moments from nature. I hope they energise and give you hope too. (from James McSweeney 2u.ie, a few days ago)
Former Ireland Rugby International to open 35th National Dairy Show
With the 35th National Dairy Show just around the corner we all eagerly await Ireland’s largest indoor agricultural show which takes place in Millstreet annually in October.
This year former Ireland rugby international Mike Ross will perform the honours when he officially opens the Show which promises something for everyone in the farming community. Mike, the son of Frank and Patti Ross, is a graduate of dairy farming having grown up on the home farm near Ballyhooly in North Cork where he still inspects the progress of the Convamore Herd when he gets a chance on his visits home. Mike’s early rugby career started with Fermoy underage, the club that his father Frank played with distinction for many years. From there he progressed through the UCC ranks before joining Cork Con and then onto a professional contract in England with Harlequins until 2009 when he returned to Leinster where he played for 7 very successful seasons. After 61 Irish caps and two Six Nation Championships Mike retried from professional rugby in 2017, where he has certainly earned the title as one of the greatest scrummagers that Ireland has ever produced. Mike has also generously signed one of the new Irish jerseys, which only officially go on sale at the end of this year and together with a signed ruby ball and a hamper of goods, all will be up for grabs as door prizes on the day of the Show.
Today Show Chef David Rice to Host Cookery Demonstrations at the National Dairy Show
TV Chef, David Rice will host a cooking demonstrations focusing on recipes that promote the best of Irish beef and dairy at this year’s National Dairy Show taking place on Saturday 21st October in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.
With several accolades to his name including “Best Chef”, David is a welcome addition to this annual event and we are delighted that David has come on board to share his culinary expertise. With over 15 years of experience working in a variety of prestigious kitchens including Roly’s Bistro in Ballsbridge, Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges, River Café and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall, David is now the Executive Chef at Ballinacurra House Kinsale and co-founder of the Kinsale Gourmet Academy. Before joining Ballinacurra House in 2013, David spent 2 years working as head tutor at Dublin’s premier cookery school, Cooks Academy and prior to this worked as a senior chef at Dublin’s Michelin star restaurant.
Wanted: 2 to 5 acres of land for low land sheep to rent until January or longer. Willing to be do a small bit of fencing if needed. In the Millstreet/Kanturk or surrounding areas.please contact 0873914358. Cash paid.
Millstreet Country Park will not reopen for the 2017 season. The decision was taken due to insufficient tourism numbers over the past several years.
A review of all aspects of the 500-acre development, including an open discussion with interested parties, will take place in 2017 with the intention of creating a sustainable future for Millstreet Country Park.
The Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2016 Supreme Champion was awarded to Laurelelm Shottel Daffodil owned by Rickey Barrett, Ballinhassig, Cork. Stephen Cadogan, ‘Irish Examiner’ Farming editor, made the presentation at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Co Cork. Also included are, from left: Charlie Gallagher, chief executive of Irish Holstein Friesian Breeders; John Barrett; judge Meurig James; and Carlisle Smith, president of the Cork Holstein Friesian Breeders.
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to announce that this year again Tony Keneally, Wildlife Biologist will be running a project with the Transition Year Students of Millstreet Community School. The Transition Year Students have made Nest Boxes for Barn Owls and Kestrels and the Transition Year Students will endeavour to study these magnificent birds. [read more on the project]
On a budding birch tree the male robin on song
Near where old Finnow river goes babbling along
Though the wind from the high country by Clara Hill
Does blow with a touch of a wintry chill
In mid March in the earlier days of the Spring
When the early nesting birds are commencing to sing
The swallows not yet back on their breeding ground
And the chill of the Winter it is still around
And the old Finnow River in flood waters of brown
Babbles through the fields and bogs by Millstreet Town
Though in shady places by ditch and hedgerow
The wildflowers of Nature in the blustery winds blow
Where Finnow from the high country the Cails does meet
Just west of the Duhallow Town of Millstreet.
Spring is a busy pruning time in the garden. This intensive one-day workshop will teach you the theory and techniques for general pruning. Specific pruning groups will include roses, fruit trees & bushes, ornamental trees & shrubs, climbers. This class will take place outside, so warm clothing and footwear is essential. This course will be run by Alan Pitcher, who has over three decades experience of gardening and teaching.
Propagation for Beginners Saturday 5th March10-3pm.
Fill your garden for less! Learn how to propagate your own plants – you’ll do your own cuttings on the day, as well as sowing seed, all to take home with you. You’ll also learn how to divide perennials and grasses. Thrifty gardening at its best! [read more …] “Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden”